Durham-based Qualex cuts jobs

The company offers wholesale photofinishing services for retail businesses. It announced it will cut 300 jobs as it closes labs in Texas, Pennsylvania and Canada.

The Durham location will cut 50 jobs and the company will close labs in Dallas, Texas; Allentown, Pa.; and Hamilton, Ontario.

Qualex is a subsidiary of Eastman Kodak Co.

Kodak spokesman Christopher Veronda said Qualex is getting out of the photofinishing business because of declining demand. Most stores no longer send customers' film to a lab, but instead process it onsite.

About 20 people will stay in Durham to work in a Qualex division that offers theme picture taking at theme parks, malls and special events.

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